Southern Miss 24

(5-4, 3-3 away)

Houston 27

(5-4, 2-2 home)

5:00 PM ET, November 13, 2005

Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX

1 2 3 4 T
USM 10 0 0 1424
HOU 0 10 3 1427

Top Performers

Passing: K. Kolb (HOU) - 315 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: R. Gilbert (HOU) - 23 CAR, 144 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: V. Marshall (HOU) - 7 REC, 129 YDS, 2 TD

Houston 27, Southern Miss 24

HOUSTON (AP) -- Quarterback Kevin Kolb threw for 315 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns and Ryan Gilbert rushed for a career high 144 yards to lead Houston to a 27-24 victory over Southern Mississippi on Sunday.

Houston (5-4, 3-3 Conference USA) ended a six-game losing streak to the Golden Eagles (5-4, 4-2) in a game rescheduled due to Hurricane Rita in September.

Kolb threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Vincent Marshall with 12:53 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Cougars a 20-10 lead.

Southern Miss answered with an 84-yard drive highlighted by a 43-yard pass from Dustin Almond to Tavarras Williams to the Houston 1. Cole Mason scored on the next play to make it 20-17 with 9:25 left in the game.

Kolb hit Marshall with an 83-yard touchdown pass with 9:04 to play for a 27-17 lead. Marshall had seven catches for 129 yards.

Kevis Coley helped keep Southern Miss alive when he recovered a Gilbert fumble at the Houston 44 with 2:40 left in the game. Almond, who hit 23 of 45 for 295 yards, covered the ground in two passes, including a 5-yard touchdown to Barnes to make it 27-24 with 2:17 to play.

The Eagles recovered the onside kick and Almond drove them to the Houston 35 before fumbling. Houston's Kade Lane recovered the fumble with 1:27 left to end the threat.

Southern Miss jumped to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter on a 41-yard field goal by Darren McCaleb and a 9-yard pass from Almond to Barnes.

Kolb brought Houston back with a 7-play, 66-yard drive capped by Gilbert's 8-yard touchdown run. He then hit 7-of-9 passes for 79 yards the last three minutes of the second quarter to lead Houston to a 24-yard Ben Bell field goal that tied it at 10 as time expired in the first half.

Bell gave Houston its first lead of the game, 13-10, in the third quarter with a 30-yard field goal.